from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tenant farmer who gives a share of the crops raised to the landlord in lieu of rent.

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  • n. A person who enters an agreement with a land owner to farm the land and then pay a portion (share) of the produce as rent. One who sharecrops.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small farmers and tenants


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  • You are talking about something you refer to as the sharecropper society and economy.

    CNN Transcript May 4, 2005

  • In order to demonstrate that the sharecropper is not an employee of Kirk's, the contracts stress that "no partnership, joint venture, co-farming, tenant farming, or other business relationship" has been created.

    In the Strawberry Fields

  • The sharecropper is a straw man, an intermediary, usually a middle-aged farm worker, to whom the grower shifts many of the legal and financial risks.

    In the Strawberry Fields

  • What Warren Buffett is referring to as a sharecropper economy is here, isn't it?

    CNN Transcript Mar 11, 2005

  • A sharecropper is a tenant farmer who is-the system is this: Sharecropper is the -- is the successor system to slavery in the South, basically.

    The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How it Changed America

  • Until then me and Warren and George will continue to warn about the "sharecropper" society.

    Up, up, and away...

  • Nick Carr, author of The Big Switch, who has been the most eloquent in articulating the "sharecropper" concern, which Lanier now extends with his "lords of the computing clouds" notion.

    Technology Liberation Front

  • Menagh points to Kipp Nash, a school-bus driver and self-described "sharecropper" in Boulder who farms about a dozen other people's yards.

    Cornucopia Institute

  • "furnish-hand" (more often called a sharecropper) is dependent on the owner for equipment, seed, food -- everything -- and pays one half his crop.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 3

  • "sharecropper" was a term more prevalent in the deep south ...

    Sherry Chandler


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